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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Dammit, pick a new weekend people!

OK, listen up. There are other days to hold social events this summer than July 14. FOR THE LOVE! Months ago I signed on to not only my boss' 50th bday party, but Stacy's mom's 60th as well. Things I've had to turn down on that date include:
  • 3 engagement parties
  • A bridal shower
  • A bachelorette party
  • 2 other bday parties
  • A pig roast
  • A going away party
  • A trip to the beach
JUST CUT IT OUT PEOPLE! Share the wealth! Where are you all gonna be when I'm bored some mid-August Saturday, hmmmmmmm?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Get Yr VFest Tickets

We're running a VFest ticket giveaway contest over at DCist. Get me yr best festival-inspired lolcat stat and you could be on your way to a rockin good time.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Banana Mousse

I made this today*, and while I respect the low fat approach, it basically tasted like banana yogurt. So-so banana yogurt. Here are a few alterations I'd suggest if you're in the mood. Still doesn't make it too terrible a dessert for you.

-Add 1-2 tbs brown sugar
-Instead of 1 cup yogurt, do 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh whipped cream
-Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on the top of the dessert

And you're on your way to creamy deliciousness.

*In addition to minty peach salad (peaches, plums, mint, chives, honey), corn salsa (fresh corn, red & yellow peppers, fresh basil, sugar snap peas, red onions, honey), my favorite tilapia, and this cake, which is in the oven as we... type. My gimpiness has lead to extreme domesticity. Anybody hungry?

Limes: Delicious But Dangerous

My stupid feet and my amazing grace strike again. I was enjoying Jayne's going away party on Saturday night, when going down some steps in the bar, I slipped on a lime, ate it down the rest of the steps, and twisted the *&@! out of my ankle. Hey, I wanted to stay inside to ice and elevate rather than go to the pool or tubing or the zoo today anyway.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Oh right, blog!

Hey there, forgot about you for a while. Mainly cause I haven't had a lot to say this week that didn't involve Lil Mama videos or "holy crap this le loup concert is crowded."

Did anyone else see John Krasinsky on Conan last night? My love groweth ever more.

And, I still don't have much to say. Except that, oh, yes, DCist is #1! Woo!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Happy Side Effects

Apparently the wonderous allergy medicine that's made my world a better place for the past few months also has the kick ass side effect of making my bug-bite-ridden ankles not itch! I've always assumed that antihistamines should have this effect, but until the magic of Clarinex, it was never a reality. Thank you, prescription medicine! I totes love you.

Oh, and go read this. Cause ohmigod that's a whole lot of hilarious.

This aint half bad either.

You got it all wrong

You see, these guys weren't scary to me. But Mr. Snuffleupagus struck terror into my very core. To this day if you chase me and wave your arms and in a weird voice say "I'm Mr. Snuffleupagus," I will squeal, run and slam a door between the two of us.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Hall Monitors F&*#@N%g Rock

I had... the best time seeing The Hall Monitors at DC9 last night. I hope to cover them soon for DCist, so I'll do a full write up then, but man alive that is one great band. Very bluesy, soulful garage rock, with a little punk and rockabilly thrown in for good measure. A total throwback to every kind of music I love the most, with enough energy to shoot out the lights. They get the crowd completely wrapped up in their performance, getting down and playing on the main floor, standing on top of amps, and generally being energetic and engaging and awesome. Not to mention the fact that they're all really freaking good musicians and the set was completely tight. (Save one botched opening when they laughed at themselves for dropping the ball and relaunched.) Oh, and there's the matter of the drummer and bassist being completely and totally hot. Eye candy never hurts a performance. The drummer chatted with Catherine and I after the show and was also incredibly nice (and, sorry ladies, married). Don't know about the bassist, but he looks a lot like Brit Daniels, which, for those of you sitting in the back, means I have a crush on him. So, in summation, go check out The Hall Monitors the next chance you get. They probably won't be playing around D.C. again till the fall, but remember that name. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Note to TV Dudes

This is NOT A GOOD IDEA. While I'm sure Dwight Schrute's Beet Box or whatever you want to call it would be pretty hilarious, the magic's in the ensemble. Don't take him away from DM Scranton! Don't do it! Do you hear me? You'll have a relatively anonymous blogger with tens and tens of readers all over your ass if you do!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Newsie Kids

This weekend I found out that Alyssa thinks that "Newsies" and "Kids" are the same movie. While I plan a back-to-back viewing party (obviously watching "Newsies" first, so that "Kids" is an even bigger kick in the crotch), here's a list of quotes from both movies. Can you guess which movies they're from?

  1. Never fear, Brooklyn's here.
  2. When you're young, not much matters. When you find something that you care about, then that's all you got.
  3. Look at me, I'm the King of New York!
  4. I think if we fuck, you would love it!
  5. What if you can't make yourself happy? Then I don't know. You know what you do then you forget, you block it out... If you want to be happy don't think... if you stutter don't talk.
  6. I can't afford to be a kid no more. For the first time in my life I got money in my pockets. Real money. Money, you understand?
  7. It's this brain of mine, it's always makin' mistakes... it's got a mind of its own.
  8. I have no legs, I have no legs
  9. I can't stand blood
  10. For a dreamer, night's the only time of day.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Lucky Lady

After a really great weekend including a keg party by the water tower in Vienna that got busted by the cops, super awesome bonding time with super awesome friends and doing the jitterbug at 4am, I decided to make some photo albums online. It made me realize something I already knew, but is nice to be reminded of: my life kinda kicks ass. The fun I have, the places I go, the people I know... it's pretty amazing. I'm a lucky girl.

OK, sentimentality gurgle over.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

I love H&M

Because at H&M, here's what $250 can buy you:

  • 3 dresses
  • 3 blouses
  • 2 sweaters
  • 2 camisoles
  • 1 set of pajamas
  • 3 necklaces
  • 1 pair of earrings
  • 1 pair of sunglasses

Friday, June 08, 2007


I'd like to go out and pick crabs somewhere. Soon. Possibly tomorrow evening. I'm up for Annapolis, Pope's Creek, even just scooting over to Captain Pell's. Whatever. I want hands drenched in old bay and butter, and I want it now. If you have similar desires, let's chat.

July 11: Mark Your Calendars

Everyone take note! We've put together another stellar lineup for the sixth DCist Unbuckled concert! Le Loup, The XYZ Affair and DJ sets from Middle Distance Runner will offer up the soundtrack to a doorprize, booze filled evening at DC9. All details available here. Get your rawk on. These bands are truly fantastic, it's going to be a great show!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Governess, Nabob

I had no idea you guys had your own music festival!

Update: Why-nehouse?

So after finally actually listening to the album, I kind of love it. Which is no surprise considering my vast love of girl groups. However, her actual music was never what I took issue with. I still stand by my original inquisition, which is, why in the heck is Amy Winehouse suddenly a paparazzi darling? Why are the TMZs of the world jumping all over this bee hive wearing, eye liner abusing, drunk of an indie songstress? It's just an odd leap from coke headed anorexic actresses who sleep around to booze hound singers. The barrel there's probably a lot deeper if that's what they're really going for... but is the fact that musicians drink a lot and have tumultuous love lives really news?

Top Pain in the Ass

Does anyone else find it suspicious that the big trouble makers from each season were picked as captains? I'm sure Marcel's & Stephen's eggs were delicious, but it seems to me that dramatic tv may have weighed in on those decisions.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

How many hipsters does it take to change a light bulb?

Dan from Le Loup told me this joke, which then lead to a bevy of possible responses. Here are the ones we've got so far. Feel free to leave yours in the comments.

  • Some obscure number you've never heard of.
  • Who cares? The light bulb was better before it changed.
  • At least 5 to scrape enough change together to buy the light bulb in the first place.
  • What, you don't KNOW?

Yr Pop Be Glossin

the g:
the g: i win the battle of the youtube videos
me: oh. my. god.
the g: her lip gloss be poppin. i would so vote for her for class president
me: it's.... actually about magic lip gloss!
the g: yes. yes it is.
the g: mac-mac brushes. prolly the reason all these boys got crushes
me: i love the crotch grabs and the male dancer who's clearly classically trained in ballet
the g: i love teenagers. seriously. "all the boy skeep jockin, they chase me after school"
me: haaaaahahaha i just got to the singing part
the g: its a thing of great beauty. i also want her earrings
me: i hope the word in those heart earrings is “lip gloss”
the g: its like Another Bad Creation for a new generation, but better, because its about makeup
me: wow, there are like 8 parts to this. it's a hip hop cosmetic opera!
the g: hahahahaa
me: i'm pretty sure that's the gym we painted for servathon
the g: thats what i thought too
the g: i love the ending. “it wasn't the lip gloss... it was you all along.”
me: hahahaha. a modern day wizard of oz
the g: yes. lip gloss oz
me: lip gloz
the g: oooh nice
me: someone needs to make a "mi lipgloz be poppin" lolcat stat
the g: oh god
the g: there are a ton of homemade dance videos on youtube to this song. im sorry. why would you let your 10 year old do this, wtf
me: wow. i mean, at least it's about lip gloss
the g: true!
me: and not about like, baby daddies
the g: right
me: i guess it's the current day answer to mandy moore's "candy"? i don't know which artist that's more insulting to
the g: ooh. maybe. me neither
me: i can't believe someone discovered this girl, signed her to a record deal, listened to her stuff and decided "lip gloss be poppin. that's a single that's goin straight to the top of the charts"
the g: i want to know who's responsible so we can go ou tfor milkshakes together and solve world hunger and like… racism… and sexism
me: hahahaha
me: i mean, i do like some things about the video.
1. The choreography’s got that missy elliot video thing happening
2. There are no boobs or skimpy outfits
3. No blatant use of water to make anyone's clothes cling to them
the g: right, strictly jeans and hoodies, im down with that
me: 4. Even considering the topic, no super sexy open-mouth lip close ups
the g: right. and "class president" posters = goal setting
me: yes! a general wholesome, aspirational theme
the g: and not like "whore tryouts at 3 pm at the junior lockers"
me: HAHA
the g: i so would have tried out for the whore team. if only My high school had an officially sanctioned whore team. thats something to spire for, yo. Aspire.
me: ha, i just sent the link to my friend alyssa. her response: "wait.... what am i watching?"
the g: yr wathcing lip gloss. IT BE POPPIN
me: actually, the more I think about it, the more I’m totally behind this as a new direction for pop music
the g: sure! there are certains aspects of this i love
me: it's discussing something that's reasonable for actual middle/hs kids to aspire to (getting great lip gloss)
me: rather than overt oversexualization. it's completely and totally aimed at that age group rather than trying to be older
the g: what i don’t get/think is kind of LSD-trip-ish is that a magical lip gloss will get you popular. like: what about helping you make straight As? instead of letting the boys jock you? but whatever, i'm old.
me: yeah, true
the g: my lip gloss is chapstick. it is not poppin.
me: omg, marketing tie in!
the g: and there's that.
me: poppin lil mama lip gloz has GOT to be on shelves at claires already
the g: an obvious setup for lil mama lip gloss
the g: hahah claires
me: also from alyssa: “where are these 13 year olds getting all this money
for mtv to sweat them? i mean are the ads on mtv for bratz dolls?”
the g: no. ads on mtv are for like... uh.... The hills perfume? Um.... real world condoms. um. um.
the g: those shows make me think god is dead. while "lip Gloss" makes me think god is alive and being AWESOME.

Mischa & Lindsay: The Catalog Years

Remember the time...

I'll start posting things that don't involve TMZ links... eventually.

We were thinking of naming our kid after you,

...but we didn't want to call him Bitch!"

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

This Summer's Most Delightful Cinema

Coming to you courtesy of unintentional pregnancy.

I've succomed

To turning on the air conditioner at home. It just got too hot there for a few days. Farewell sweet, sweet $46 power bills.

Summer TV

Taking a page out of TV Squad's... book (?), here's a list of what it looks like I'll be tuning into this summer.

  1. Hex*. We've discussed this already.
  2. The Starter Wife. I happened upon the first episode (who knew -- it's a series, not a movie), and shockingly, didn't hate it! It looked god awful in commercials, but was actually pretty damned enjoyable in actuality. Let's hope subsequent episodes keep that patern going.
  3. Entourage*. Nothin says summer like completely care free individuals.
  4. The 4400. Loved the first two seasons. Looking forward to more abduction-based goodness. Except for that creepy little girl. I do not like her one bit.
  5. John from Cincinatti*. This. Looks. Awesome. And, LUKE PERRY! My heart still beats for the, after all these years, Dylan McKay.
Maybe #6: Hidden Palms. Also accidentally watched the first episode of this OC rip off (right down to casting its two most unlikeable characters ever -- Oliver and Zack). It didn't suck, but... I think the beautiful distraught teenagers thing may have worn out its welcome, kinda like guyliner.

*Indicates shows on channels I don't actually get and have to go to my mom's house to watch. Hiya mommyyyyyyyyyy!

Monday, June 04, 2007

In case you guys were curious

This is pretty much what AB looked like when the infamous London incident happened. Hence the creepy. Oh, plus, a general air of creepy-old-man-icitis. *shudder


This = This


I mentioned it last week, but let me reiterate: Hex is teh awesome. I watched the rest of the season 1 eps and the season 2 premiere this weekend on BBC America. It fills the Buffy/VMars void very nicely, and, with English accents! I have such a crush on Jamie Davis -- he's got a sort of Logan-esque quality (what with being a prick at the outset then growing into somebody to loooooooove), but really, every guy on the show is pretty damn attractive. And I love the lack of American censor-driven nonsense. For example, when one of the characters gets pregnant, we're not berated with any sort of abstinence message. The h.s. kids frequent bars and drink and do drugs without any "very special episodes." Also, they don't spell everything out for you -- you actually get to think and figure things out on your own! Plus, awesome brit slang. Oh, and witches, demons, ghosts, etc. And sex. Lots of sex. Moral of the story: watch Hex!